There were a lot of great things about the three days of the NFL Draft.

Tops on my list was watching the pure emotion of the college players drafted. I hope that virtual reality somehow stays.

To be able to see the phone calls from teams to athletes should continue.

It was also good to see the general managers, player personnel directors and head coaches could do all of this work from home. It appears they learned a lot about themselves, the hours formerly spent at the office and how much work can get done from the home office with the kiddos running around.

Athletically speaking, there were a lot of draftees who spent their high school years playing multiple sports.

They didn’t specialize.

Wrestling, track and field, baseball and basketball seemed to be the other sports of choice.

The amount of guys who threw the discus and shot put should tell high school football players something.

It’s hard for me to understand specializing when there are other choices, especially when athletes are so young when making that decision.

Being a multi-sport athlete gives you a chance to have different experiences with different teammates and different coaching staffs.

It was also nice to watch “live sports’ for the first time in a while (and, yes, I did watch the WNBA Draft).

People are full of cabin fever and were ready to watch something live and are thankful NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell did not bow to pressure to move the draft. It went well and I’m guessing all 32 teams felt it was successful. The ratings definitely said so.

t Now that it’s official, the spring sports athletes and the remaining teams in the girls’ Sweet 16 and all the boys’ Sweet 16 squads have nothing but “What if” questions and that’s what they’ll remain.

I was really looking forward to Elizabethtown vs. Ashland Blazer game inside Rupp Arena. That one was going to be really good.

The Panthers shot 544 3s in averaging 77 points per game, while the Tomcats shot 859 and hit 39.5 percent in scoring 70.4 points per game.

At 147 points per game, that contest was going to come down to defense and you really had to like Elizabethtown’s on-the-ball pressure.

We didn’t get to see if the Central Hardin softball team could make another deep run to the University of Kentucky.

There were a handful of questions staring the Lady Bruins in the face and it would have been fun to see how those questions were going to be answered.

Elizabethtown and LaRue County had new baseball coaches at the helm and the 17th District and 5th Region tournaments were going to be interesting, to say the least.

John Hardin’s Alexis Witherspoon and North Hardin’s Angel Lee had opportunities to defend state track and field titles in the 100 hurdles and shot put, respectively, but now all we get to do is wonder.

In addition, Central Hardin’s Jasmine Carroll finished second to Lee and North Hardin’s Myla Lee placed third in the discus.

The Trojans’ Josh Moore was third in the high jump last year and what kind of leap was in his future we’ll never know.

Addison Sutton lost one tennis match last season and that came in the Round of 16 at the state tournament. The road back to that same place was never going to be easy for the North Hardin senior.

We’re left with a bag of nothing, so to speak.

And, it sucks.

Yet, we move forward because that’s what’s next.

Football coaches are trying to figure out what to do whenever they get the opportunity to get back on the field.

That also goes with soccer and volleyball coaches.

Golfers get to golf and runners get to run right now.

Summer is the “offseason” to get better and athletes of all ages will have to figure out how to do that over the next few months with AAU and club sports on hold.

Everyone is in the same boat right now and it will be interesting to see how they all get off the ship.

Coaches and teammates really have to trust everyone on the roster.

Mike Mathison can be reached at 270-505-1758 or mmathison@thenewsenterprise.com.

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